Business Ethics and Conduct

The successful operation and reputation of Spelman is built upon the principles of fair dealing and ethical conduct of our employees. Our reputation for integrity and excellence requires careful observance of the spirit and letter of all applicable laws and regulations, as well as a scrupulous regard for the highest standards of conduct and personal integrity.

The continued success of Spelman is dependent upon maintaining the trust of our students, and we are dedicated to preserving that trust. Employees owe a duty to Spelman, its students, parents, contributors, and Board of Trustees to act in a way that will merit the continued trust and confidence of the constituents we serve.

Spelman will comply with all applicable laws and regulations and expects its directors, officers, faculty and staff to conduct business in accordance with the letter, spirit, and intent of all relevant laws and to refrain from any illegal, dishonest, or unethical conduct.

In general, the use of good judgment, based on high ethical principles, will guide you with respect to lines of acceptable conduct. If a situation arises where it is difficult to determine the proper course of action, the matter should be discussed openly with your immediate supervisor or with the Director of Human Resources, the Vice President for Business and Financial Affairs, and Treasurer, or if necessary the President of the College for advice and consultation.

Compliance with this policy of business ethics and conduct is the responsibility of every Spelman employee. Disregarding or failing to comply with this standard of business ethics and conduct could lead to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

Policy No.  104  Effective Date:  9/1/2000  Revision Date:  2/26/2010